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Dad Arrested; Police Say He Refused to Help Child with Bee Sting

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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A 25-year-old Iowa City father was arrested Thursday evening after police said he refused to answer the door for his children and delayed medical treatment for one of his children who had a swelling bee sting.

A couple that considers themselves to be the child's grandparents asked police to conduct a welfare check on Bryan Powe's children on June 11 the day after Powe's birthday, according to a criminal complaint.

The grandparents told police they were concerned about a bee sting or bug bite on one of the children's forehead that was swelling "substantially" and appeared to have hives, according to the complaint.

When the grandparents tried to return the child to Powe, the father went inside his home, which he shares with the child, and refused to answer the door, police reported.

Officers called for an ambulance after observing the victim's head, and paramedics determined the child needed to see a doctor, according to the complaint. But Powe continued to refuse to answer the door, even when police started knocking, officers reported.

Doctors said they were unable to treat the child without parental consent, and Powe's refusal to answer the door delayed medical care for his child for several hours, according to the complaint.

When police finally made entry into Powe's home, the father said that he was "too stressed to deal with his kids today," according to the report.

Powe was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment without injury. He was expected to be released Friday morning from the Johnson County Jail.

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